Riding the Harley with Feminine Flair

In the early hours on GST Road, an unmistakable roar of a Harley Iron 883 can often be heard. The rider is not just any biker but Shubra Singh Srivastava, a proud female Harley rider.

“Why should it be surprising?” she asks with a smile beneath her helmet. Shubra, originally from Malaysia and now a Chennai resident due to work, has always been passionate about motorcycles. "I've been fascinated by bikes since I was 10, riding my father’s Yamaha, and I haven’t stopped since," shares the Economics graduate.

Her journey through the biking world includes riding prestigious brands like KTM, Kawasaki, Royal Enfield, Triumph, and of course, Harley Davidson. Her parents supported her passion by gifting her a Harley Davidson Dyna when she started college. "I did well in school, and my reward was my dream bike," she recalls.

Shubra’s biking adventures began in Kuala Lumpur, where she gained confidence and embraced the 'biker life'. “Biking was often seen as a male domain, but now perceptions are changing. Riding a bike better than many men is exhilarating,” she says. "But really, who needs to 'accept' women riding bikes? There's nothing unusual about it."

An early riser, Shubra rides her bike daily for 45 minutes, favoring routes like GST Road, Puducherry, Mahabalipuram, ECR, and OMR. "These bikes need space and good roads," she explains.

Her husband, a marine engineer and fellow biker, is her biggest supporter. They own an impressive collection of bikes, including an amber whiskey Fatboy and an Iron 883. “I have my eyes on my husband’s Fatboy,” she admits with a laugh. "Sometimes I take it for a spin without telling him. We’re very possessive about our bikes."

For Shubra, the relationship between a biker and their bike is profound. “You need to spend time with your bike to understand it. Facing different situations together builds a bond. I respect my bike and know its strengths and weaknesses,” she explains.

She emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, watching biker videos, reading biographies, and technical manuals to refine her skills. "Riding a superbike comes with great responsibility. You need to ensure your safety and that of others on the road. My love for bikes, especially my Harley, is unending. I am a badass girl riding a badass bike," she grins.